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Ruth H. Darrington

February 23, 1926 - September 4, 2016

Our beautiful mother, grandmother and friend passed away on September 4, 2016.  Ruth was born February 23, 1926 to loving parents, Aubrey Henderson and Grace Wilbur Henderson.


Ruth grew up in the First Presbyterian Church where her parents were charter members and where she worshiped her entire life.


She attended Ogden City Schools and graduated from Ogden High School in 1944.  Ruth continued her education attending both Weber College and Utah State University.  While enrolled at Utah State, she acted in numerous plays and even started a Children’s Theatre.  She started broadcasting on KLO radio as the “Story Lady”.  She also performed in several professional productions.


While attending Utah State, Ruth met Kenneth Darrington.  They got married soon after graduation.  Kenny joined the armed services and the two traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe.  Together they had four wonderful children.  Later, Ruth returned to Ogden to help her aging parents. She began teaching at Ogden High School.  Collectively she taught for 31 years.  She made lifelong friends and was well liked and respected by her students.  She retired in 1991.


Ruth served as an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church and in several organizations including, Eastern Star where she served as Worthy Grand Matron for the State of Utah, Scottish Rite Learning Centers, P.E.O Local and State Chapters, the Emeritus Alumni Board of WSU and one of her favorites the R.O.D.E.O’s (Retired Old Dames Eating Out).


Ruth felt that everyone should contribute to their community and serve on a board in some capacity.  Incidentally, she joked her tombstone should read, “Clubbed to Death”, for belonging to so many organizations.  Although she had a busy calendar, family was always a priority and she treasured time together and adored her grandchildren.


Ruth is survived by her four children:  Dan (Jackie), Dixie (Shane) Post, Richard (Michelle), Tammy (Robbie) Hill; four grandchildren, Brent (Angela), Stabler (Haley) Hill, Aubrey and Jake and three great-grandchildren, Zachary, Andrew and Kyleen.  She cherished her relationship with her extended family, Kevin (Cheryl), Kris (Matt) Webster and Kelly (Rich) Prince and their beautiful families.


The family would like to thank the Brighton Hospice Team for the compassionate care they took of their mother.  A special thanks to D., Beth and RJ.


A Viewing will be on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


Funeral Services will be held Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Leavitt’s Mortuary.  Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 10:00 to 10:45 AM.


Interment at Leavitt’s Mausoleum, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


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Service Information

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Date: Friday, September 9, 2016

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 10:00 to 10:45 AM

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016

Mantua City Cemetery


350 West Center Street, , Manyua, UT,

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Born: February 23, 1926
Died: September 4, 2016

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Terry Nickens posted on 9/29/16

I was unaware of Mrs. Darrington's passing until it was too late to attend any of the services. I am very sorry to hear that she has passed. She was almost like a second Mother to me. Dixie, Dan, Richard and Tammy you have my and my whole families condolences and sympathy. She was a wonderful woman. Always charming and understanding. Always willing to give her time and effort to others, she will be missed by all that knew her. And though she is gone we will never stop loving her. May God bless her and care for her now, and may she rest in peace alongside the Lord forever. Terry Nickens


Stephen Horton posted on 9/14/16

I remember this wonderful teacher who always showed a happy face help me learn English better but the way she taught will be terribly missed RIP to a truly charming lady. Go Tigers 1982. Always remembered never forgotten. Love Ya Ruth, she didn't like us to call her Ms Darrington


Paula Vigil-Yates posted on 9/14/16

Deepest condolences to Ruth's family at this difficult time. We attended church with her for many years. My mother, Lucy Ella Vigil, said she even visited Ruth's mother as a Deacon. She was also in the same Women's Circle with her. She was a special lady!


Patricia McWhorter, PhD posted on 9/13/16

It is with a heavy heart that I express my deepest sympathy for Ruth's family in their time of loss. Ruth was an elegant, kind, and talented lady who seemed to make everyone happy in her presence. Eastern Star will miss her so very, very much!


Karen Wilcox posted on 9/11/16

I had Mrs. Darrington as a teacher at Ogden High School. I just loved her. She was so even tempered and so kind. She was very knowledgeable and just did such a good job with teaching her classes. She was a fun, good, wonderful person.


Mary Ogan posted on 9/9/16

Dear Dan, Dixie, Rick and Tammy, I was so sad to hear about your mother's death. She was such an incredible teacher, community supporter and friend. Your mother was always so good to my mother and my aunt, always such a good friend. She will be missed by so many. I have such fond memories or time at your house when we were young. From playing with Dixie's wonderful doll house to football on the lawn at the hospital. Your mom always made the best sandwiches. Wonderful memories that I will always have of your mom. I wish for you peace at this hard time. Mary Jane Parke Ogan


Robert Shaffer posted on 9/8/16

You have our deepest sympathy, Ruth was a classy lady, who excelled in all she did. Shirley and Robert Shaffer


Jacqueline Jensen posted on 9/8/16

Ruth Darrington was my cooperating teacher when I did my student teaching at Ogden High School in the early 1970s. She was AWESOME! When I see the photo above, I can hear her chuckle and feel the warmth of that smile. It was a great experience for me - all those years ago. She was quite a woman. I feel blessed to have known her. I hope she enjoyed her retirement - what a wonderful long life! My thoughts are with her family during this difficult time. I recently lost my Father at 101 years old - a great life, but still a hard time. Take Care.


Maria T. Vasquez posted on 9/8/16

Mrs. Darrington was and always will be my favorite teacher at OHS. She taught me more than just English. She was there when she didn't need to be nor do I think she knew just what a presence she was in my life. When she came to my wedding I was astounded and blessed to have her, 25 years later I still have the crystal bowl and silver tongs she gave me. I will forever hold her friendship dear to my heart. Every time I see a butterfly I think of her. May she rest in peace and may God bless her family.


Diana posted on 9/8/16

Dear Dixie and Family, Our heartfelt sympathy to you for your wonderful mother. She was a great lady and such an asset to Ogden High. I remember her sweet smile in the halls monitoring all of the rowdy students and her many talents as wonderful teacher. Lovingly, Diana Alvord Marchione and family


Bevery Merrill posted on 9/8/16

Dear Dan, Dixie, Richard and Tammy, I am so sorry I can't come to the funeral. My prayers are with all of you. Ruth was my first friend and we were life long friends. She was like family to me. I love her deeply. We had such a wonderful childhood growing up together, playing , going to school, sharing so much. She had a wonderful dollhouse where we played for hours, We made up plays and invited the neighborhood. We rode our bikes up the canyon and around several bike trails. We loved the times we could get together to visit. She loved all of you so very much. We talked about our families and loved hearing about each one. My love for all of you and your memories of a wonderful mother will always be with you.


Syd Peacock posted on 9/8/16

Tammy and Rick, your mom is a true inspiration and we appreciate the friendship and treasured memories of her and my mother's close relationship! We've been blessed with many years of wonderful experiences. May you find peace at this time knowing the love that your mother has for you. May God bless you and your families at this time and always, Syd Peacock


Margaret Prince posted on 9/7/16

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. She was a very special lady.